As I said in my post for Philosopher’s Stone, I am buddy reading the Harry Potter series one book each month with a friend. If you are interested in reading my reread reviews, keep an eye on my blog as they will be up over the next few months.
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Age Classification: Middle Grade
Release: July 2, 1998
In case you have no knowledge of the book, Chamber of Secrets follows Harry through his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This year is dangerous before he even leaves the Dursley’s and he learns more about himself.
Harry has a lot more confidence after his first year at Hogwarts and has enjoyed torturing his cousin over the summer, but he is ready to go back to school. He won’t let anything get in his way of returning to his friends and various magical classes, not an interfering house elf or the entrance to platform 9 and 3/4 being mysteriously sealed, and he most certainly will not allow any of the danger at Hogwarts scare him away.
His best friend, Ron Weasley, has also gained a lot more confidence after his first year at Hogwarts and is more willing to break the rules and do what needs to be done, including flying an illegal car with his older twin brothers, Fred and George, to break Harry out of the prison the Dursley had created for him. It is thanks to this jailbreak that we get more insight into the Weasley family. They are a whacky bunch and doing the best they can with very little money, but they are also exactly what Harry thinks a family should be and openly share the one thing Harry has always craved – love. This is also the year the youngest of the Weasley children and the only daughter, Ginny, begins her first year at Hogwarts.
There is also the return of Hermione Granger, though this year is a lot harder on her than her first year was. She has an unlucky year that sees her in the hospital wing a lot more than anyone should be. Still one of the brightest witches at Hogwarts, this year she proves that she is also determined to do what is right and will not let danger or bullies get in her way.
Speaking of bullies, let’s discuss Draco Malfoy. It is clear to my semi-adult self (my age bracket is considered young adult; my soul is still 5) that Draco is jealous of the attention and positive reputation Harry and his friends have and the only way he knows to destroy them is to try and crush their spirits. It is also clear he learned this from his father, Lucius Malfoy, who we meet at the start of the book and have the displeasure of seeing again towards the end.
I also have to mention the sweetest creature with a habit of making everything so much worse – Dobby. This poor little creature is abused more in a day than Harry has been in his lifetime and yet Dobby wants nothing more than to protect Harry.
The other notable new addition to the character list is Gilderoy Lockhart – possibly the least qualified person to take on the teaching position for defence against the dark arts ever. I am not confident he would know how to defend himself against a butterfly. Other than that, the teaching staff is the same as ever. Minerva McGonagall is still stern but fair, Albus Dumbledore is still questionably the least helpful person at Hogwarts, Severus Snape is still bitter and twisted, Hagrid still has questionable taste in pets and all of them should have recognised that Harry and his friends would do whatever they could to solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets and just helped them.
As with the Philosopher’s Stone, I still think the book was amazingly planned, had a lot of details packed into a little book and the foreshadowing for the series is incredible. Again, I liked the book being third-person storytelling, that the story appeared to be both character and plot driven in different parts and that the progression from one major focal point to another felt natural. The plot was more serious than the first book, I think because the target audience would be growing and maturing as the books were released, but it would still be suitable for an eleven-year-old who decided to binge read the magical series.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
This is another great story and it only builds my excitement to reread the rest of the series.
When did you first read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
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Until next time bibliophiles!